Weight Loss Support - Ack! Please Tell Me "it's just water"




yoyonomoreinvegas
11-24-2008, 02:45 PM
Alright, alright, I've been around long enough to know that a body simply cannot create 3 lbs of fat in a week - but still....

I quit smoking a week ago so, with the exception of a one day carb fest at the very beginning, I've been super extra diligent with my clean eating and am back to measuring and logging like I never lost a pound. I actually dropped my calories back a smidge just in case the "nicotine stimulates metabolism" stories were true. Yet, this morning, the scale says 148 :fr: I didn't move my ticker back up yet because that I did read one article that said the digestive and stress issues associated with nicotine withdrawal can cause water retention so I'm hoping, hoping HOPING :crossed: that's the culprit.

Not to worry, I realize that smoking like a chimney didn't even slow down my ascent to 200lbs so a pound or two isn't going to be an excuse I use to light up but, geez, so disconcerting after I worked so hard. Any other "quitters" out there who can tell me if they had a lot of water retention in the beginning? (please, oh please :?: )


kelly315
11-24-2008, 02:52 PM
This is exactly why I weigh myself everyday and keep track in a spreadsheet. My weight drops and raises as much as 10 pounds difference any given week, but the general trend is sinking. With most people, every day on the scale can be considered a fluke- there's so much that goes into your weight. But averages don't lie.

yoyonomoreinvegas
11-24-2008, 03:24 PM
Actually, I do weigh every day - and have watched the silly scale bounce around like silly putty. This morning was just the highest it's been so it really kind of upset me - not that lack of nicotine has made me hyper sensitive or anything :lol: ...


PhotoChick
11-24-2008, 03:40 PM
It's just water. :)

Ok, it *could* be some re-gain, and while it might be possible to gain 3 lbs in a week, if you've been on plan, I doubt it.

What I really think is that you've put your body through a shock in depriving it of nicotine and you're just going to have some crazy results for a while. I would suspect that it's going to take a little bit for your body to come to grips with this new way of life.

That's my totally unscientific, based-on-common sense guess about the situation. :D

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Pandora123a
11-24-2008, 06:10 PM
When I quit smoking (many years ago) a registered dietician told me to expect my body to show a five pound gain pretty immediately. She warned that anything more than that was fat, but that there is a body adjustment to the withdrawal.

After your body adjusts (not tomorrow, maybe not for a month or two) that "false" gain will gradually disappear.

The R.D. also warned that sometimes folks eat more after they quit for several reasons....

Many folks smoke instead of eat, without the cigarette they extend meals slightly or add snacks where cigarettes used to be.

Food tastes better, (this takes a little bit) so there is a tendency to eat more.

Make sure that those two things are not happening and just stick out the body adjustment weight. It will pass, and you will feel much better and be able to exercise and move more!

yoyonomoreinvegas
11-25-2008, 11:12 AM
When I quit smoking (many years ago) a registered dietician told me to expect my body to show a five pound gain pretty immediately. She warned that anything more than that was fat, but that there is a body adjustment to the withdrawal.

After your body adjusts (not tomorrow, maybe not for a month or two) that "false" gain will gradually disappear.
The R.D. also warned that sometimes folks eat more after they quit for several reasons....

Many folks smoke instead of eat, without the cigarette they extend meals slightly or add snacks where cigarettes used to be.
Food tastes better, (this takes a little bit) so there is a tendency to eat more.

Make sure that those two things are not happening and just stick out the body adjustment weight. It will pass, and you will feel much better and be able to exercise and move more!

Thanks Pandora, I really needed to hear that phrase "false gain" ;) makes me feel so much better. I have gone back to being extra diligent with my planning, measuring, and logging just to make sure I don't add any calories without thinking about it. I haven't increased the calories at all but I did notice I've been going heavy on the fruit again which means more carbs. I did read that nicotine withdrawal can make blood sugar drop and cause extra fatigue - wonder if my body has been sending me little subliminal messages to add those fruity carbs :lol: For the holidays I'm going to try going with the protein and leafy greens keeping carbs to a bare minimum and see if that helps at all.

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